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What Makes A Beautiful Hardwood Floor?

How do I know what I am getting when I shop for Hardwood Floors?

When we start shopping for Hardwood floors the first thing we notice is how confusing this is going to be. There are thousands of choices. We have at least 25 different companies that manufacture hardwood floors and each of those have a minimum of 10 SKU’s {stock keeping units} with probably 3-5 different colors per line. There are at least 100 different species of wood rated on Wikipedia’s Janka Scale. So why not just buy the cheapest and end this madness?

Bella Cera Estate Collection, La Martine

Bella Cera Estate Collection, La Martine

We have all seen the Television Advertisement or received a mailer describing unbelieveable deals for Hardwood Flooring. They might say something like this:

Hardwood for .99 ¢- Really?

Hardwood for .99 ¢- Really?

The purpose of these ads and their companies is to reduce their cost so they offer ridiculously low prices by sacrificing quality and workmanship. Often when we take our time to actually be lured into these ridiculous gimmick’s we find that there is not enough stock available for my particular job, or the color is so ugly that nobody in their right mind would purchase it.

They products might seem similar to the untrained eye but are they really the same product? I was taught at a young age that anything that seems to good to be true, probably is. Let’s take a look at how to invest your money wisely when shopping for your new hardwood floors.

Acacia Walnut Hardwood gives a very unique look to any home.

Acacia Walnut Hardwood gives a very unique look to any home.

Floor Finish
Floor finish is a critically important step for hardwood flooring. The finish must be durable and elastic to resist scratching and wear, without clouding the natural grain and color of the wood. A poor floor finish can make even the most beautiful wood look dull.

Quality hardwood flooring has a high-quality floor finish, with a fine transparency that accentuates the natural beauty of the wood grain. Cheap hardwood floor finishes obscure the natural grain of the wood with a cloudy coating; scratches on the wood floor make this whitish coating readily apparent. Cheap hardwood floor finishes are also inconsistent in color, and can have rough surfaces with small raised bumps.

Hardwood Floor Creaking 
With quality hardwood flooring, the gap between the “tongues” on board edges and the grooves they fit into is less than 0.15 MM. This tight attachment eliminates the creaking you find with cheap hardwood flooring when it is walked upon.

Precision Milling 
Quality hardwood flooring is milled using expensive, high-end machines for extreme precision and consistency in height, length, width, edges and ends. Bargain flooring is manufactured using less expensive and precise machines, resulting in gaps between board edges and ends, as well as differences in thickness.

Floor Glue Safety
Quality hardwood flooring uses Taier E1 glue between layers, with a very low level of formaldehyde. Bella Cera flooring, for example, conforms to CARB, with a formaldehyde level far below its guidelines. Vapors from cheap glues can be harmful to your health!

Engineered Flooring 
Good quality engineered hardwoods use a veneer core with higher-quality tropical woods alternately layered in a crisscross pattern, for superior weight-bearing strength and screw-holding ability. The gap between each layer should measure less than 1mm. A quality engineered floor has higher density and is more durable than cheap plywoods, regardless of how similar they look on the surface. Learn about engineered flooring vs. solid wood flooring here.

Wear Layer
With quality hardwood flooring, you can count on the exact thickness claimed for its wear layer. But as thinner wear layers are less expensive to produce, cheap flooring is often found to have a wear layer that is thinner than what is claimed.

Longer Wood Plank Length
Long planks are more expensive to produce, but make a more beautiful floor. Short boards can look like shoeboxes when placed in a floor. Cheap wood flooring typically includes too many short planks, with boards as small as one foot in length. But quality hardwood flooring uses longer planks. Bella Cera, for example, includes boards up to seven feet in length, with the average being over three feet.

{Borrowed from Bella Cera’s website}

I wanted to take just a minute to shamelessly promote what I think is a very worthwhile cause with one of our Hardwood Manufacturer’s Product. It’s called: Homes For Our Troops.

Armstrong Floor Products is the exclusive flooring supplier to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit organization that builds specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans.
Through 2013, a portion of the sales from the American Scrape collection will support Homes For Our Troops, including the Armstrong product donation for 30 – 35 homes to be built across the country.

We assist severely injured Veterans and their families by raising money, building materials and professional labor, and by coordinating the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently. The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at NO COST to the Veterans we serve.

We assist severely injured Veterans and their families by raising money, building materials and professional labor, and by coordinating the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently. The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at NO COST to the Veterans we serve.

The Estate Collection with 2" and 8" Planks makes an awesome statement!

The Estate Collection with 2″ and 8″ Planks makes an awesome statement!

As hardwood flooring dealers see demand rise, so too does ProSource’s ability to deliver new finish and customization options at wholesale prices. Our hardwood flooring now features an appealing selection of hand-carving, borders, medallions and accents. And hardwood’s color palette has expanded to include exotic offerings like pink, yellow, white, purple and black.

Hardwood Flooring is an Investment You Can Trust

Ask any hardwood flooring supplier – a quality hardwood floor isn’t just an aesthetic investment; it also helps boost a home’s selling price. And that’s what helps make our flooring showrooms’ hardwood departments a key destination point. With so much to offer, hardwood flooring is a tough option to beat.

Hardwood Flooring types

Hardwood flooring comes in two varieties: engineered and solid. Solid is the most common choice and best suited for higher-grade installations. It consists of one-piece boards that are generally nailed to a sub-floor. Most are unfinished, thereby allowing customers, the hardwood flooring supplier or distributor to apply a variety of colors and finishes.

Engineered hardwood is comprised of two or more layers of wood that have been laminated together, the top being a veneer and the bottom a softer wood backing. The top wood veneer comes pre-finished and the overall system gets glued to the subfloor or even concrete, making it better-suited for below-grade and basement installations.

More hardwood flooring information
Janka hardwood flooring hardness scale
Hard surface education
Installation tips
Green information

At ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings you will always pay less, see our Low Price Guarantee

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We have 7 Locations to serve you better:

Allen, Texas Phone – 972-521-5115

Austin, Texas Phone – 512-836-7888

North Dallas, Texas Phone – 972-250-4040

Dallas Market Center, Texas Phone – 214-742-3300

Fort Worth, Texas  Phone – 817-831-8181

Little Rock, Arkansas Phone –  501-758-0801

San Antonio, Texas Phone – 210-829-8290

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Finding the ideal floor coverings for a Rustic Bathroom or Kitchen

For many clients, picking the perfect floor covering for a bathroom is as simple as looking for the best investment that will provide years of loyal service. However, for some consumers, finding the ideal flooring option that adheres to their interior design is just as important, so knowing the ins and outs of today’s most popular home design styles could prove to be invaluable in your sales pitch. The rustic decorative scheme is one that has remained popular, and it embraces light and airy furnishings, as well as blurring the lines between nature and the indoors. Here are a few flooring types that could be tailor-made to your clients’ design plans.

Porcelain Tile that looks like wood is a great choice for a Rustic Look with a versatile product.

Porcelain Tile that looks like wood is a great choice for a “Rustic Look” with a versatile product.

Wood grain vinyl flooring
Hardwood flooring is usually among the top choices for homeowners working with a rustic aesthetic, but hardwoods are not the ideal option for bathrooms. Your clients can replicate the look of wood flooring with ease by utilizing wood grain vinyl flooring. This floor covering has all the attractive wood grains and textures that you’ll find with hardwoods but is far more moisture and scratch-resistant, making it ideal for bathrooms. In addition, many of these vinyl floors come in sheets that can be custom-cut to fit the dimensions of the client’s space, which means that the installation process can be completed rather quickly and your clients’ bathroom can come together in an afternoon.

Vinyl is a very durable product and today's digital imaging gives you a very realistic look.

Vinyl is a very durable product and today’s digital imaging gives you a very realistic look.

Laminate floors
Another option for clients who are looking to replicate the look of wood flooring is to opt for laminate floors. These floor coverings are among the most cost-effective products on the market and can be installed over an existing subfloor. Additionally, many of these boards snap together, making installation a breeze and ensuring a quick and easy process when replacing a floorboard in the future if needed.

Mannington Historic Oak would be an excellent choice for your Rustic Kitchen.

Mannington Historic Oak would be an excellent choice for your Rustic Kitchen.

Tile and stone floors
The old mainstay in bathrooms is tile and stone flooring, and considering the wide range of options available to your clients, they’ll be hard-pressed to find a style that won’t pair beautifully with their interior designs. Tile is one of the most durable floor coverings your clients can choose from and will require minimal maintenance to keep it looking its best. If your customers are revamping the entire bathroom, suggest a glass tile backsplash behind their bathroom vanity that will pair very well with their floor coverings and introduce more dynamic hues in the space.

Natural Stone can give you a Rustic Feel with an added bit of elegance.

Natural Stone can give you a Rustic Feel with an added bit of elegance.


When considering a product to give you an authentic looking Rustic bathroom or kitchen, consider vinyl. Below is a chart comparing CORETECplus to other commonly used products.

Vinyl will withstand the abuse everyday life throws at it

Vinyl will withstand the abuse everyday life throws at it

CORE TEC PLUS ENGINEERED VINYL PLANK FLOORING 

EXTRAORDINARY LUXURY VINYL WITH GREAT BENEFITS. AVAILABLE IN WOOD AND TILE LOOK. IT IS FAST AND EASY TO INSTALL WITHOUT NEED FOR ANY ACCLIMATION. LARGE ROOMS WITHOUT ANY TRANISTION STRIPS FOR EXPANSIONS. MINIMAL FLOOR PREPS. RESISTS WATER WITHOUT DAMAGE TO THE CORE OF THE FLOOR. STABLE, SO THERE IS NO EXPANISON OR CONTRACTION. RESISTS MOLD AND MILDEW FROM TOP AND BOTTOM. A QUIET FLOOR THAT REDUCES NOISE. WITH A CLICK SYSTEM QUITE EASY TO INSTALL WITH DROP AND LOCK GLUELESS PROFILE.

COREtec Plus represents a revolution in luxury vinyl flooring and is your #1 alternative to laminate flooring, glue down LVT, or solid locking LVT. COREtec Plus is an entirely new category of vinyl called Engineered Luxury Vinyl flooring. The patent-pending* construction of COREtec Plus features our innovative COREtec core structure, which is an extruded core made from recycled wood and bamboo dust, limestone, and virgin PVC. Since COREtec Plus is 100% waterproof, COREtec Plus floors can be installed in wet areas and will never swell when exposed to water. Because COREtec Plus is inert and dimensionally stable, it will not expand or contract and never needs expansion strips in large rooms. Each COREtec Plus plank has an attached cork underlayment for a quieter, warmer vinyl floor that is naturally resistant to odor causing mold and mildew.
COREtec Plus features the most popular looks in hardwood, stone and slate flooring and is milled with the Drop and Lock profile for the easiest glue-free installation.
*COREtec Plus is a patent-pending product exclusive to USFloors Inc.

 RESIDENTIAL WARRANTY: LIFETIME  WATERPROOF WARRANTY: LIFETIME  STRUCTURE WARRANTY: LIFETIME  COMMERCIAL WARRANTY: 10 YEARS

RESIDENTIAL WARRANTY: LIFETIME
WATERPROOF WARRANTY: LIFETIME
STRUCTURE WARRANTY: LIFETIME
COMMERCIAL WARRANTY: 10 YEARS

CORETECplus has the colors and styles to give you a Rustic look with the best durability, best price and the best selection. See their selection for yourself here or stop by ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings where they have a large selection of samples to view.

At ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings we have the widest selection available in the market today. Take a look at what Mannington has to offer with it’s Adura Line:

ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings carries a full line of Mannington Adura

ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings carries a full line of Mannington Adura

Adura provides the look and elegance of wood, tile, or stone without the worry! Available in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and installation options, Adura delivers award-winning fashion to your home. With proprietary technology, Adura is engineered to look and feel like the real thing, easy to maintain, and is backed up by a 20 year residential/5 year light commercial warranty.

And because we know you care about the impact of the products you use in your home, Adura is FloorScore certified – which means it meets strict indoor air quality guidelines – so you can choose Adura with confidence that it’s good for your home, and your family.

Adura is the next generation of luxury vinyl, and the fastest growing category in the flooring business.

Adura is the next generation of luxury vinyl, and the fastest growing category in the flooring business.

We have 7 Locations to serve you better:

Allen, Texas Phone – 972-521-5115

Austin, Texas Phone – 512-836-7888

North Dallas, Texas Phone – 972-250-4040

Dallas Market Center, Texas Phone – 214-742-3300

Fort Worth, Texas  Phone – 817-831-8181

Little Rock, Arkansas Phone –  501-758-0801

San Antonio, Texas Phone – 210-829-8290

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